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The Prince-Pückler-Museum Park and Palace Branitz Foundation (Stiftung Fürst-Pückler-Museum Park und Schloss Branitz) is a foundation under public law with legal capacity, based in Cottbus and supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, the State of Brandenburg and the City of Cottbus.

Articles of Association of the Prince-Pückler-Museum Park and Palace Branitz Foundation
of 5 March 2018

The Board of Trustees of the Prince-Pückler-Museum Park and Palace Branitz Foundation (hereinafter referred to as Foundation) has issued the following Articles of Association pursuant to Section 8 (1) of the Law on the Establishment of a Prince-Pückler-Museum Park and Palace Branitz Foundation (SFPMG).

Article 1 Name, legal form, domicile

The Foundation bears the name Prince-Pückler-Museum Park and Palace Branitz. It is a Foundation under public law with legal capacity and is based in Cottbus.

Article 2 Purpose and tasks of the Foundation

(1) The purpose of the Foundation is the preservation, maintenance, research, development and presentation of the complete artwork of garden and landscape design, architecture, interior design and the museum collections of Hermann Prince of Pückler-Muskau in Branitz. Branitz Park and Palace are to be used and developed as places of cultural life and the arts in the tradition of Hermann Prince of Pückler-Muskau.

(2) The Foundation has the task of preserving and supplementing the cultural assets entrusted to it, taking into account historical, art and garden historical and cultural heritage preservation concerns, making them publicly accessible and enabling the evaluation of these cultural assets for the interests of the general public, especially in the fields of science and education. This includes in particular:

  1. 1. the architectural and horticultural maintenance and restoration of the properties and the cultural monuments in compliance with the requirements of the protection and preservation of historical monuments and historic garden conservation,
  2. 2. ensuring the use of the cultural monuments, in particular as a museum, by the general public in a manner compatible with the preservation of monuments and gardens, and the maintenance of facilities used for the support of visitors,
  3. 3. the maintenance and expansion of the museum collections as well as the digital analysis and communication of the collection objects,
  4. 4. the scientific and journalistic review and documentation of the existing cultural heritage as well as public relations activities and cultural education,
  5. 5. the cooperation with national and international sites and institutions that preserve and research the heritage of Hermann Prince of Pückler-Muskau.

(3) In carrying out the tasks of the Foundation under Articles 1 and 2, the Foundation shall give priority to the preservation and maintenance of cultural assets.

(4) The Foundation pursues exclusively and directly charitable purposes in the sense of the section ‘Tax-privileged purposes’ of the German Fiscal Code as amended. The Foundation is selflessly active and does not primarily pursue its own economic purposes. The funds of the Foundation shall only be used in accordance with the purpose of the Foundation. No person may be favoured by expenses that are not in line with the purpose of the Foundation or by disproportionately high remuneration.

(5) In the event of dissolution of the Foundation or if tax-privileged purposes cease to apply, the assets, which the City of Cottbus has contributed, shall be transferred to the City of Cottbus. The assets, which the State of Brandenburg has contributed, shall go to the State of Brandenburg upon dissolution of the Foundation. In the event of the dissolution of the Foundation, the State of Brandenburg and the City of Cottbus will enter into an agreement regarding the assets added during the existence of the Foundation, according to which the assets of the Foundation will be allocated to the State of Brandenburg and the City of Cottbus on a pro rata basis and taking into account the financial support of this Foundation. These assets shall be used directly and exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of the section ‘Tax-privileged purposes’ of the German Fiscal Code and in a manner that comes as close as possible to the purpose of the Foundation for the preservation of the Branitz Park and Palace monument ensemble.

Article 3 Tasks of the Board of Trustees

(1) Pursuant to Section 8 (2) of the SFPMG, the Board of Trustees shall decide on the fundamental affairs of the Foundation and define the essential tasks and activities of the Foundation. The Board of Trustees shall decide in particular on

  1. the adoption of the budget and financial planning
  2. the adoption of an opening balance,
  3. the commissioning of an auditing company to audit the annual financial statement,
  4. the adoption of the audited annual financial statement and the discharge of the Executive Director,
  5. the appointment and dismissal of the Executive Director,
  6. all transactions not incumbent on the Executive Director pursuant to Article 5 (3).

(2) Der vorherigen Zustimmung des Stiftungsrates bedürfen

  1. die Einstellung aller Beschäftigten ab Entgeltgruppe 13 des Tarifvertrages der Länder,
  2. der Erwerb, die Veräußerung und die Belastung von Grundstücken,
  3. die Annahme von Erbschaften,
  4. die Veräußerung von Sammlungsgegenständen; eine Veräußerung ist nur zulässig, wenn mit dem Veräußerungserlös der Sammlungsbestand ergänzt wird,
  5. die Park- und Entgeltordnung.

(2) The prior consent of the Board of Trustees is required for

  1. the recruitment of all employees from pay group 13 of the collective agreement of the Federal States
  2. the acquisition, sale and encumbrance of real estate,
  3. the acceptance of inheritances,
  4. the sale of collection items; a sale is only permitted if the proceeds of the sale are used to supplement the collection holdings,
  5. the park regulations and schedule of fees

Article 4 Procedure in the Board of Trustees

(1) The Board of Trustees shall meet at least twice a year for an ordinary meeting. At the request of at least one third of the members, the Board of Trustees must convene for additional meetings. As a rule, the Board of Trustees shall make decisions at its meetings.

(2) The Board of Trustees has a quorum when two thirds of its members, including one representative each of the State of Brandenburg and the City of Cottbus, are present or authorised to vote. Resolutions shall be passed with the majority of votes of those present.

(3) The Executive Director shall participate in the meetings of the Board of Trustees. Other persons may be invited to attend the meetings of the Board of Trustees in an advisory capacity. The members pursuant to Section 7 (1) Nos. 1 to 3 SFPMG or their deputies may, in consultation with the Chairperson, determine which employees from their business areas participate in an advisory capacity. The chairperson of the scientific advisory board or appointed representatives of working groups shall attend the meetings of the Board of Trustees, insofar as the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees so proposes and no attending or representative member of the Board of Trustees objects.

(4) Resolutions on the content of the Articles of Association, on the budget and its amendment, as well as resolutions which have an impact on the budget of the Foundation beyond the existing budget, can only be passed with the approval of two thirds of the members of the Board of Trustees, whereby resolutions against votes of the State of Brandenburg or the City of Cottbus are not possible. In the case of a grant from the Federal Republic of Germany, the resolution on the budget of the Foundation requires the approval of the representative of the Federal Republic of Germany.

(5) In justified exceptional cases, resolutions of the Board of Trustees may also be passed in written circulation by letter, fax or email, provided that no member of the Board of Trustees objects to this type of resolution.

(6) Minutes shall be taken of the meeting and signed by the Chairperson or, in his or her absence, by his or her deputy, and by the person taking the minutes. Resolutions passed by written circulation must be recorded in the minutes of the following meeting of the Board of Trustees.

(7) The Board of Trustees may instruct the Chairperson to decide alone on the approval in individual areas determined by the Board of Trustees. This does not apply to the acquisition, sale and encumbrance of real estate. The resolution of the Board of Trustees to appoint the Chairperson can only be passed with the approval of two thirds of the members of the Board of Trustees.

Article 5 Position, tasks and representation of the Executive Director

(1 ) According to Section 10 (1) of the SFPMG, the Executive Board is the Executive Director of the Foundation. The Executive Director conducts the business of the Foundation. He represents the Foundation in and out of court. He must implement the resolutions of the Board of Trustees.

(2) The current business of the Executive Director includes in particular the regularly recurring business related to the administration of the Foundation and the legal transactions related to the execution and settlement of permanent contracts.

(3) The current business of the Executive Director does not include

  • the acceptance of gifts and donations that incur follow-up costs for the Foundation which result in expenses of more than 20,000 euros in the current or in a future financial year,
  • the conclusion and termination of rental and lease agreements with a contractual term of more than 10 years or a rent or lease if it exceeds the limit of 50,000 euros per year or if there is a need to deviate from the local rental or lease conditions,
  • the conduct of legal disputes of particular importance,
  • the conclusion of severance agreements amounting to more than two monthly salaries,
  • the waiver of claims or the conclusion of settlements, if the amount of 20,000 euros is exceeded,
  • all other business on which the Board of Trustees reserves the right to pass resolutions.

(4) The Executive Director is obliged to inform the Board of Trustees of all important matters and to provide information to it on all matters concerning the Foundation. He takes part in an advisory capacity in the meetings of the Board of Trustees, in meetings of working groups set up by the Board of Trustees and in meetings of the scientific advisory board.

(5) The Executive Director of the Foundation works for the Foundation on the basis of an employment contract concluded with the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and receives appropriate remuneration. For the preparation of the resolutions of the Board of Trustees, the execution of his tasks and in particular the execution of current business, the Executive Director may employ personnel in accordance with Section 8 (4) No. 1 SFPMG and conclude the necessary contracts.

(6) The Administrative Manager of the Foundation acts as the permanent representative of the Executive Director.

Article 6 Budget, financial year and auditing

(1) The budget of the Foundation shall be prepared by the Executive Director in draft form in good time before the beginning of the financial year and shall be confirmed by the Board of Trustees. It requires the approval of the highest state authority responsible for culture.

(2) The financial year of the Foundation is the calendar year.

(3) For the budget, cash management and accounting as well as for the auditing of the Foundation’s accounts, the provisions of the State Budget Regulations of the State of Brandenburg applicable to the administration of the State of Brandenburg shall apply accordingly.

Article 7 Advisory bodies

(1) The scientific advisory board of the Foundation bears the name International Conservation Board (ICB). The ICB supports and advises the Board of Trustees. It has a comprehensive right to information. The resolutions of the ICB are not binding on the Board of Trustees.

(2) The ICB is also responsible for the German and Polish parts of Muskau Park. It consists of a three- to maximum five-member ICB Executive Board with internationally renowned experts in the field of built heritage and historic garden conservation who do not come from the Republic of Poland or the Federal Republic of Germany, one member of the heirs of Adrian Heinrich Kurt Günther Georg Graf von Pückler Freiherr von Groditz, born on 24 March 1905, died on 19 January 1945, and four to maximum ten members, who are equally composed of German and Polish experts in the built heritage and historic garden conservation as well as related or adjacent disciplines.

(3) The German members are delegated to the ICB by mutual agreement by the Prince Pückler Park Bad Muskau Foundation and the Prince-Pückler-Museum Park and Palace Branitz Foundation, the Polish members by the Narodowy Instytut Dziedzictwa (NID). The composition of the ICB Executive Board is decided jointly by the three park administrations and coordinated among themselves. Confirmation of the appointment of non-Polish members of the ICB (Executive Board and experts) by the Boards of Trustees of the Prince Pückler Park Bad Muskau Foundation and the Prince-Pückler-Museum Park and Palace Branitz Foundation is required.

(4) Members are appointed for a period of four years, reappointment is possible.

(5) The members of the ICB elect a member of the ICB Executive Board as Chairwoman/ Chairman and a representative who represents the ICB externally and chairs the meetings.

(6) The Board of Trustees of the Foundation may also seek advice on questions of the built heritage and historic garden conservation from the working group Branitz Park and Culture Landscape.

(7) The Board of Trustees of the Foundation may set up further working groups for its other consultations and preparation of its decisions. Tasks from selected subject areas of fundamental importance are to be assigned to working groups for closer investigation.

Article 8 Final provision, entry into force

These Articles of Association shall enter into force on the day following the adoption of the Articles of Association by the Board of Trustees.

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